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Finally, the end is in sight.
We speak of the marathon race for the presidency of the United States. It began so long ago it is almost difficult to remember a time when candidates weren't bombarding the American people with their rhetorical promises for a better future.
Of course, it has only been a couple of years. It just seems like forever.
Now, though, with the conventions of the two dominant national parties behind us, Barack Obama and John McCain, with running mates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, can begin their sprint toward the November 4 election.
Let's hope a thoughtful, respectful and civil discussion of the issues will dominate the campaign. As it proceeds, KSL encourages voters to make the effort to become more fully informed. Look beyond the daily sound bites and the expected snippets of negative advertising to find out where the candidates actually stand and what they genuinely believe in.
In the end, Americans will make history with their vote. Either they will elect the nation's first African American president, or the first female vice president. Despite the campaign fatigue many are experiencing, the historic nature of the election, along with everything else that is at stake, should make for a most interesting couple of months.